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Get ready for a minion laughs in the funniest blockbuster hit of the year!

Vying for the title of “World’s Greatest Villain”, Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) – along with his hilarious crew of mischievous minions –

plots to pull off the craziest crime of the century: steal the moon!

But when Gru enlists the help of three little girls, they see something in him nobody else has ever seen: the perfect dad.

From executive producer Chris Meledandri (Horton Hears a Who, Ice Age), and featuring the voices of an all-star comedic cast, including Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove and Julie Andrews, Despicable Me is “rousingly funny, heartfelt and imaginative".

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Death Penalty For Child Rape ? (Video)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

In cases of crimes against individuals, “the death penalty should not be expanded to instances where the victim’s life was not taken.” — Justice Anthony Kennedy

The Supreme Court's latest death penalty ruling, issued Wednesday in a child-rape case from Louisiana, reinforces two closely linked trends.

Most obviously, the ruling continues the court's steady narrowing of capital punishment's reach. Less noticed is the fact the court has done so at about the same pace that states have created an alternative that makes the death penalty pointless, along with the controversy that it generates. Life in prison without the possibility of parole, which barely existed when the court reinstated executions in 1976, is now an option in 35 of the 36 death-penalty states.

Ruling in the case of a man convicted of raping his 8-year-old stepdaughter at their home outside New Orleans, the court held that for crimes against individuals, capital punishment is for murder. Period. "The death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the 5-4 majority.

The decision overturns laws in six states that permit executions for child rape. And it appropriately moves the USA a step further from an irreversible practice that has proved to be problematic, discriminatory, out of step with most of the developed world, and no more a deterrent than the prospect of being locked in a tiny cell for decades.

When the court brought back the death penalty 32 years ago, it set a standard that executions be administered evenhandedly.

Reality has turned out otherwise. The odds of receiving a death sentence are three or four times greater when the victim is white than if the victim is a minority. Defendants sometimes lack competent legal representation. Evidence can be flawed.

Worst of all is the potential for a mistaken execution. DNA testing has exonerated 16 inmates who served time on death row, according to the Innocence Project, a non-profit legal clinic that handles cases in which post-conviction DNA testing can prove innocence. Such proof, of course, is of no use to a prisoner who has been executed.

Wednesday's ruling marked the third time in six years that the Supreme Court has limited the death penalty's reach. In 2002, it banned the execution of mentally retarded defendants, and in 2005 it banned the execution of those who were younger than 18 at the time of their crimes.

This court, which upheld the use of lethal injection earlier this term, is unlikely to overturn capital punishment altogether. That leaves the U.S. in the company of China, Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia as nations that still carry out executions. But at least the court has drawn a line at crimes that don't involve the killing of the victim.

Patrick Kennedy, 43, the child rapist in the Louisiana case, might consider Wednesday's ruling to be a victory. But assuming he is resentenced to life without parole, as he should be, he might come to regard his remaining years on earth to be a fate worse than death.


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